By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Several bridge projects are starting up throughout the Valley, which may impact traffic, according to PennDOT.
On Monday, preservation work on the Route 61 Shamokin Creek Bridge just outside of Sunbury begins, with northbound traffic being detoured around the work until August, PennDOT said. The nearly three-mile detour will follow Black Mill Road, Snydertown Road and Eleventh Street.
Southbound traffic will not be detoured throughout the project, which is scheduled to wrap up by August 6, PennDOT said.
The work to be done includes replacing rubber expansion dams, reconstructing and waterproofing the back walls and an epoxy and stone chip overlay of the bridge deck.
Also on Monday in Northumberland County, work will begin on replacing the Shakespeare Road bridge in East Chillisquaque Township. The project is a nearly $1 million replacement of the 87-year-old bridge, which PennDOT said “is currently classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.”
Traffic will be down to a single lane on Monday with flaggers directing traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. On June 21, traffic will be detoured around the bridge, using Route 45 and Hobbes Road until late October, according to PennDOT.
In Snyder County, a $458,000 bridge replacement project on Park Road is set to begin, with traffic being detoured around the construction until August 16.
The existing bridge is 59 years old and classified as structurally deficient, according to PennDOT.
The eastbound detour will use App Road to Mill Road to Lori Lane to Routes 11 and 15 north and back to Park Road. The westbound detour will be Routes 11 and 15 south to Mill Road to App Road and back to Park Road.
All work on the bridge is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 6.